Invitation from Cindy Rasmussen Writers Group Coordinator

“Oh sweetie, this is wonderful!” –typical critique from your mom.

Friends and family are great for providing support and encouragement but if you want to go further in your writing you should consider the benefits of joining a critique group. A critique group not only provides feedback on your writing, it provides connections with other writers with similar passions. Groups dedicated to reading each other’s work and helping each other improve their writing are an integral part of the writing process. Other writers can give us obvious feedback on spelling, punctuation and grammar, but we also need constructive criticism on the flow, pacing and structure of our writing. Much better to hear, “This part isn’t working” from your critique group then from an agent or editor whom you may only have one shot to impress.

Some groups trade manuscripts before each meeting; others bring an excerpt from their work to read aloud. Meeting with a critique group in person versus an online group provides you with visual reactions to your writing. Did your group laugh at your opening line? Did they gasp when they found out Silvia was not going to return to the mission field with her husband? These immediate reactions can help you rewrite your work for the intended purpose.

Besides the practical aspects of belonging to a critique group there is the shared camaraderie you form with your group. Many long lasting friendships have begun in coffee shops around the world in critique groups. Make it a priority this year to the right group for you.

Announcing: Opportunities for Writers Groups in your Area

In 2015-2016, we want to start new writers groups that are geographically based. We will call these groups, “Northsiders, Southsiders, Eastsiders, and Westsiders.” This is a great opportunity to be in on the ground floor of new groups. When we have interested writers, Cindy will help you connect and learn how to proceed. You will be encouraged to form your groups according to the needs and desires of interested participants. You will also select your own meeting places, although MCWG suggests non-profit-friendly, public venues such as library meeting rooms, conference rooms, or church meeting rooms. We are a 501 (c) (3) and can help you obtain a venue accordingly.

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